Remember those New Year’s resolutions you made several weeks ago to get healthier….. Remember eat healthy and exercise? How are they going? Well if you are having some difficulty with the exercise part let’s find some ways to make being more active a part of your life and to make you more healthy as a benefit.
- Set Realistic Goals
Don’t strive for perfection or an improbable goal that can’t be met. Focus instead on increasing healthy behaviors.
In other words, don’t worry if you can’t run a 5K just yet. Make it a habit to walk 15 minutes a day, and add time, distance, and intensity from there.
- Use the Buddy System
Find a friend or relative whom you like and trust who also wants to establish a healthier lifestyle. Encourage one another. Exercise together. Use this as an opportunity to enjoy one another’s company while both of you are getting fit.
- Make Your Plan Fit Your Life
Too busy to get to the gym? Make your plan fit your life. You don’t need fancy exercise gear and gyms to get fit.
If you’ve got floor space, try simple floor exercises to target areas such as the hips and buttocks, legs and thighs, and chest and arms (like push-ups, squats, and lunges). Aim for 10-12 repetitions of each exercise, adding more reps and intensity as you build strength.
- Get Inspired
“Fitness is a state of mind,” says fitness professional Allan Fine of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. One of Fine’s tricks to get and stay motivated is to read blogs or web sites that show him how others have been successful. “Who inspires you?” he asks.
- Be Patient
Finally, remember that even if you follow all these tips, there will be ups and downs, setbacks and victories. Just be patient, and don’t give up. Hang in there, and you’ll see solid results.
And remember if you have questions about exercise and developing a healthier lifestyle make an appointment to see your healthcare provider today!